Hello beautiful people! I haven’t done one of these since May 2020 … which is a LONG TIME! Fall has been GLORIOUS here in Canada. The leaves changing, the beautiful fall crisp air, pumpkin spice around every corner … is there a place where I can live where it’s perpetually fall? If so, sign me up because I plan to move there ASAP!
… though I am excited for snow and the holidays …
Jenna’s ‘Out of Book’ Adventures
Unfortunately (but necessary), we had to go back HALF a phase where I live with COVID-19. Thus, Friendsgiving was canceled and Thanksgiving (which occurs in October in Canada) was virtual this year. It was unfortunate, but it’s also great to see how useful technology can be! My partner, Gray, and I made the most of it! We went to Michael’s to buy fall decor, set up our table for Thanksgiving dinner, and video chatted the family. It was actually super sweet!
At the beginning of the month, Gray and I went on a camping trip to Bon Echo … which was amazing! Mind you … we were FROZEN SOLID! But the hiking and bonfires and time to read for hours without interruption was amazing! We also went to Mer Bleu Bog on Thanksgiving weekend and took lots of cute photos! Don’t you worry — I will be doing more Travel Posts, discussing our amazing camping adventures and hiking explorations!
Other than that, our month was pretty relaxing. We did lots of walking with the beautiful fall weather, both started fitness again after my surgery, and watched SO MANY FALL MOVIES! Thank GOSH he deals with my need for cute/fluffy movies since I’m a chicken. Halloweentown 1 and 2, the Hotel Transylvania series, Corpse Bride, The Nightmare Before Christmas (it’s for both holidays), Coraline, Hocus Pocus (my first time watching it, I might add) … I’m sure I’m missing some.
Books I Read
Honestly, I wasn’t expecting to see 3 books make this list! I’ve been in SUCH a reading slump as of late … it’s absolutely horrendous! But when I checked my Goodreads, I was pleasantly surprised to see I’d finished 3 books in October!
Omens was a re-read to help me get out of my reading slump, and I’m so glad I picked it up again. I don’t remember a lot of the details of this series, so it felt like a brand new read! Beach Read was super adorable!!! Like, oh my goodness! It was honestly one of those “this is everywhere on Instagram and people seem to love it so I’m going to buy it” purchase, and it was SO WORTH IT! Now … Get a Life, Chloe Brown was incredibly adorable … I can’t get over my love for Chloe! She’s such an intriguing character! Once I finished the book, I picked up the sequel Take a Hint, Dani Brown within less than a week. Hibbert might be a new “I need to buy all their books” author.
Brief Thoughts: “Gallagher’s The Cucumber Man is an eerie yet somehow comically entertaining horror short story, providing a unique yet traditional look into the horror genre. The pacing was on point, making my heart skip a beat or two as I eagerly read to see what would become of our heroine. Gallagher also used some fun little literary devices, such as referring to himself as an author in the novel. Small little details like this such add such a personal and fun flare to stories.”
Brief Thoughts: “Armstrong’s Omens is a beautiful blend of mystery, thriller, romance and supernatural; other than the mystery portion, the other themes don’t tend to overpower the other. Even though mystery seems to be at the forefront, it makes sense for Olivia’s story. The small town full of mysterious vibe excites me, making me eager to uncover all of the secrets hidden among the inhabitants of the town. And the pacing just felt right … I rarely felt as though Armstrong was overly detailed or not detailed enough throughout the novel.”
Spreading Love Around the Blogosphere
Marie @ Drizzle and Hurricane Books does this REALLY cool concept of separating her favourite posts around the blogosphere by categories, and I just HAD to try it out! I’ve added a few different ones but for fun ideas, check out her wrap up posts (and the rest of her account … she’s just really amazing). Also, some of these are from the last week of September but I still included them because I got too excited.
Book Reviews, Recommendations and More
- The Portuguese Bibliophile // ARC Review: A Neon Darkness by Lauren Shippen
- Read By Tiffany // Book Review (ARC): Love From A to Z by S.K. Ali
- BookBum // Book review: The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones
Book Blogging Fun
- A Book. A Thought. // Discussion Post | How to Balance Blogging, Reading & Writing with Daily Life
- No Reads Too Great // The Folklore Book Tag
- Truffle’s Literary Wonders // October Plan With Me | Bookish Bullet Journal
Lifestyle and Miscellaneous
- Reading in Watercolor // Inside the Holiday Sephora Sale